|Hanshin Tigers – No. 14|
May 28, 1979 |
Izushi, Izushi District (present: Toyooka), Hyogo, Japan
|April 24, 2005 for the Hanshin Tigers|
|Earned run average||2.69|
Atsushi Nomi (能見 篤史 Nōmi Atsushi?, born May 28, 1979 in Izushi, Izushi District (present: Toyooka), Hyogo, Japan) is a Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Central League.
He participated as a relief pitcher for Japan's National Team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but was subsequently replaced after giving up a 2-run homer to Puerto Rico's outfielder Alex Rios, that ended Japan's 2-time WBC reign. On May 6 of the same year, he hit his first career solo home-run off Giant's pitcher Shoki Kasahara.
Early Baseball Career
He attended Tottori Jōhoku High School. On his 3rd year, he pitched a perfect game during the Spring Prefecture Tournament. Along with Komoya Tamaguchi and Kei Igawa, they were called the "left-handed high-school trio".
Upon graduation, he joined Osaka Gas where he continued to play as pitcher in the industrial league. But due to a lot of failures on his part, he rarely appeared on the team's games, and ended up being called "the phantom pitcher" by Osaka Gas fans. After almost five years, his game appearances gradually increased. During the November 2013 non-pro baseball tournament, he delivered a solid performance in championship game with Nissan Co. However, their team lost when Yuuki Itou scored a hit during the 11th inning. In 2004, together with soon-to-be teammates Ryo Watanabe and Yasutomo Kubo, Nohmi was elected as Japanese representative to the 22nd Haarlem Baseball Week where Japan came out 3rd. He was selected by the Tigers during the autumn draft of the same year.
Out of 16 game appearances, he registered a 5.57 ERA and a 1.624 WHIP, allowed 78 hits while striking out 64, gaining a 4-1 win-loss record.
In September 6, 2014, Nohmi reached the 1000th strike-out mark, making him the fourth quickest pitcher in franchise history, fifteenth quickest in NPB history, to reach 1,000 strikeouts(1,130.2 innings).
- Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from Japanesebaseball.com
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